LibriVox recording of A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens. Read by Paul Adams.
A Tale of Two Cities (1859) is a novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. With well over 200 million copies sold, it is among the most famous works of fiction.
The novel depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same time period. It follows the lives of several protagonists through these events. The most notable are Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton. Darnay is a French once-aristocrat who falls victim to the indiscriminate wrath of the revolution despite his virtuous nature, and Carton is a dissipated British barrister who endeavours to redeem his ill-spent life out of his unrequited love for Darnay's wife, Lucie Manette. (Introduction by Wikipedia)
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Paul Adams did an excellent job of reading A Tale of Two Cities. I would have gotten through that book in high school if I had such an option. Instead, about 45 years later I finally appreciated that book! Never too late! Thank you.
August 2, 2013 Subject:
Tale of Two Cities
Paul Adams' reading of A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens was a joy. As the others have said the quality is very good but the style of the reader makes the day. This is the most enjoyable reading I have ever listened to for this work. It beats my imagination from a forced Junior High School read by far. I'm much older now and can appreciate the work by Charles Dickens as spoken by Mr. Adams. I too hope that he is not a one off reader but volunteers his talents to some other work for our enjoyment.
July 30, 2013 Subject:
I want to second the opinions of the first reviewer. An excellent job, and it is very pleasurable to hear the same reader chapter after chapter. Thanks so much.
March 18, 2012 Subject:
Nearly 43,000 Downloads, and I'm the First to Write a Review?
To Mr. Paul Adams, thank you so much for recording A Tale of Two Cities. It is a wonderful story made even more special by your brilliant performance. I'm the first to write a review, but I'm confident the other 41,999+ listeners would agree it is simply one of the best audio books in the public domain today. There are so many positives about this recording, it's difficult to know where to begin! I loved the fact that the entire novel was read by one narrator. I also loved the fact that the "one narrator" was so incredibly talented and devoted to this project. I was amazed at Mr. Adams' ability to bring each character to life with slightly different intonations and voicings, and to remain consistent in his portrayals throughout the entire story. I was also amazed by the quailty of the recording iteself--certainly on the same level as anything produced commercialy. Again, thank you Mr. Adams! You are clearly a talented and generous individual. Please record more if your schedule allows!